The Federalist Papers influenced the colonies to adopt the U.S. Constitution. Who were the anti-federalists? Men such as Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine. What impact did they have on the debate? They gave us the Bill of Rights and a more solid, lasting Constitution.
A treasure of "Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle over Ratification." Bailyn captures the spirit and the substance of the intense battle over the future of the American Republic. (1993)